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Bangkok CNG Bus Explodes

9 August 2008

Bangkok Post. A Bangkok city bus converted to run on compressed natural gas exploded as the driver was filling its fuel tank. The explosion damaged five vehicles and injured a worker at the station.

Police said that the records for the vehicle indicated that the fuel tank did not meet minimum standards for the conversion. The gas cylinder installed on the bus was part of a shipment imported from China as used products, and may have been too old for use, police said. It burst under the pressure, they said.

Police also said the bus records indicated that the operator of the bus had not received permission from Bangkok or Land Transport Department officials to convert the vehicle from diesel to gas. The rapid rise in the price of fuel has impelled many drivers and commercial operators to rush to convert petrol and diesel vehicles to various types of gas. This has cause some chaos, as unqualified mechanics and garages have cashed in on demand by providing unstable and sometimes dangerous conversions.

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This will effectively end T Boone's plan to convert millions of cars to CNG.

Who would benefit from that?

This will effectively end T Boone's plan to convert millions of cars to CNG.

Who would benefit from that?

Let's not panic. Now, how many people were burned yesterday filling their car/lawn mower/weed whacker/etc. with gasoline?

Across the world, probably hundreds.

Are you kidding?
the quicker the tin can conversion operators are removed from the scene ( with minimul injury) the better the outcome for the rest of us.
Thats the whole point of safety standards.
Good result. (by all reports)
Anon 2

Apparently, one death in a million deaths is the going rate for acceptable insurance risk.
So this unfortunate, innocent employee may deserve a medal.

TO ALL OF PREVIOUS COMMENTERS,
HOW MANY OF YOU READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE!

"Police said that the records for the vehicle indicated that the fuel tank did not meet minimum standards for the conversion."

"may have been too old for use, police said"

"operator of the bus had not received permission from Bangkok or Land Transport Department officials to convert the vehicle from diesel to gas"

"unqualified mechanics and garages have cashed in on demand by providing unstable and sometimes dangerous conversions."

Not big news.
I hope the worker's injuries were minor.
My simpathies to the family that lost the used tank.

Forgot to mention the tank was made in...

Perhaps they should revert to the big baloons strapped onto the top of buses during WWI and WWII. Methanol and electricity are the bus fuels of the future. ..HG..

Explosions are not good publicity.

People have a greater fear of explosion as there is no opportunity to escape. In a gasoline fire people percieve there is some opportunity to escape before getting too badly burnt.

Even if statistically there is more chance of injury from gasoline than CNG. People would fear CNG more.

Sooner or later people will also be electrocuted with electric vehicles.

We use high voltage household appliances every day and usually survive, so the fear factor might be lower.

I think it is probably a VOTE for OEM CNG vehicles (as distinct from conversion)

Following up on Andrew's comment:

"Sooner or later people will also be electrocuted by electric vehicles."

This is probably true, but is there any way a GFCI would be viable on an electric car, so if it senses a ground fault (i.e. Bike Commuter Dude trying to see if the battery is properly connected) the current is interrupted? You know, like the outlets in your bathroom?

Most consumers dont realise that residual earth leakage detectors only work if (bike dude) gets between either active (and) or neutral and ground.
The other possibility is getting between active and neutral, bay wearing good insulated boots or wooden insulated floor etc, in which case the person is seen as any other load.

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